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David Ginola warns Mike Ashley has to back Rafa Benitez before it’s ‘too late’

4 years ago

With only a week to go until pre-season training begins, David Ginola has issued a warning to Mike Ashley.

The former Newcastle star says that the club’s owner has to back Rafa Benitez in the transfer market, or else it will open the door to Premier League rivals to take the players NUFC need if they are to succeed this coming season.

David Ginola says that ‘You can’t just stand there and watch’ and you have to give the Manager a chance to compete.

Newcastle fans still feel very lucky to have landed such a quality boss as Rafa Benitez and Ginola says that when you have somebody of Rafa’s calibre, it is even more important that you give him every bit of help to be successful.

Supporters have seen so many wasted chances over the years and even just under Mike Ashley, big money has only tended to be spent when relegation has threatened.

Only around £4m was spent in summer 2010 when Newcastle were last promoted, then after the breakthrough season of finishing fifth in 2011/12, Ashley failed to build on that, only allowing Vurnon Anita to be bought that summer.

In contrast, five signings were made in January 2013 when relegation looked very possible, then the two windows in the 2015/16 season saw major spending to try and get Newcastle out of a hole they’d dug themselves, Mike Ashley having stockpiled cash over a number of windows and allowing the squad to get into such a weak state.

Newcastle now have real momentum under Rafa Benitez though and as David Ginola says, the time to act is now, rather than just standing and watching.

Only days now until Newcastle play their first pre-season friendly at Hearts, with a training camp abroad likely to be organised before that game.

David Ginola speaking to Talksport:

“You need to provide a manager like Rafa Benitez with all the amenities to help him to be successful in the Premier League.

“Just give him the possibility and the chance (to compete).

“The fans are so happy to be back in the Premier League and they need to see the club a little bit more involved (in transfer market].

“You can’t just stand there and watch.

“Players will go around and sign for clubs and all of a sudden it is too late.”


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